2018 ANNUAL REPORT
TABLE OF CONTENTS
4 Thank You Letter 5 Mission + Vision 8 Encouraging Understanding + Deepening Relationships 12 Student Spotlights 16 Financials: What We Do + How We Do It 18 Student Life 20 Donor List 22 Staff Team 23 Board of Directors
THANK YOU LETTER
Friends, Our work at Queens College Hillel has profound impact on the Jewish future. How do we know? We’re data-driven, and we listen to our students. Every other year our students take a survey — along with hundreds of other Hillels — to help us learn who our students are, what is meaningful to them, and the impact QC Hillel has made on their lives. For the second time in a row, our students rated us “Excellent” in all areas of our work. Our Jewish student Outcome Scores were also rated “Excellent.” What’s an Outcome Score? It’s a score that reflects the impact QC Hillel is making on students’ Jewish knowledge, attitude, and actions. Queens College students, thanks to our work and your support, are exponentially more likely to connect with Judaism after graduation and into adulthood. Our successes keep growing and our dreams keep getting bigger. Last year, we engaged 1,308 students, the largest number in QC Hillel’s history! But our dreams are big, and we’ll keep working to inspire every Jewish student — all 4,000 — to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. 2018 was a year of big successes and amazing transformations. With your continued support, we can only dream of what 2019 will bring. We cannot thank you enough for being our partners in this work.
Howard (Hillel) Wallick, President, QC Hillel
Jenna Citron, Interim Executive Director, QC Hillel
Queens College Hillel envisions a world where every Jewish student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.
Queens College Hillelâ€™s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.
I came to college feeling disconnected to Judaism. Then I joined the Jewish Learning Fellowship. QC Hillel’s staff helped me see so many new ways to embrace Jewish life. Now, not only do I have a new appreciation for Judaism but I’m closer to my identity and more proud to be part of the Jewish people than ever before. — Dovi Kirschner
ENCOURAGING UNDERSTANDING + DEEPENING RELATIONSHIPS Whether we’re discussing “friendship, honesty and betrayal” in the Jewish Learning Fellowship, practicing yoga for Wellness Week, designing unique and impactful Shabbat experiences, promoting meaningful engagement with Israel or meeting students to discuss their lives, dreams and challenges, we’re always striving to create welcoming community, that reflects our diversity and inspires all Jewish students to explore their Jewish identity.
STUDENTS Participated in Hillel activities at least once
COFFEE CONVERSATIONS Staff had with students
STUDENTS Participated in on-going Jewish learning experiences like the Jewish Learning Fellowship
SHABBAT MEALS SERVED 10
STUDENTS Participated in Hillel activities at least 6 times
EVENTS 95 of which were Israel-related
STUDENTS Created community with their peers by serving in leadership positions, internships or fellowships
Shua Reinstein As president of Queens College’s LGBTQA+ organization, GLASA, it’s important to me that our members know everyone is welcome at Queens College Hillel to learn about Judaism and find their own place in Jewish community. That’s what QC Hillel is for me - community. Friday Night Dinners are a great place to pray, enjoy a meal, hang out with friends, and make new ones. And now that we have an Egalitarian Service, the experience is so much more spiritual for me. The broad spectrum of Jewish leaders and scholars Hillel brings in and Rav Sara’s purposeful advocacy of diversity, accessibility and inclusion has introduced me to a ton of opportunities to be involved in Jewish life both during college and after.
Remy Aronov QC Hillel has contributed to my growth as a person, by supporting my development as a leader on campus. Thanks to classes like Mizrahi LEAD, I now know different styles of leadership that I not only use as the President of the Bukharian Cultural Club but I use regularly as a campus leader. Thanks to QC Hillel, BCC has a regular space to come together and explore Bukharian and Jewish identity, create innovative programming, and help new students make friends on campus. I am forever thankful to QC Hillel for welcoming me and giving the opportunity to grow as a leader.
Destiny Inocent I was born and raised in New York but for a period of my life I lived in San Antonio, Texas - which is where I first encountered Hillel. When I moved back to New York, I knew I wanted to be involved with Jewish community and have an impact, but I did not know how. Though I knew no one at Queens College, I knew there was QC Hillel. Soon, I was told about a program called JLF (Jewish Learning Fellowship), that would help me meet new people and discuss “life’s biggest questions,” so I joined. This was the first stepping stone for me because it was what lead me to Rav Sara, the Senior Jewish Educator and supervisor of the Engagement Interns. Wanting to get more involved after JLF, I applied for the Engagement Internship and was accepted! Being an Engagement Intern has contributed to both my personal and professional growth in college and in life. I learned how important it is to step out of my comfort zone, to introduce myself, and simply talk to people. My time as a Hillel Intern has taught me responsibility, enthusiasm, and better communication skills - all of which are key to community building. It is so important to know that in college campuses we have a safe place to go to, and not only learn, but be free and proud of our Judaism.
Leeba Miller QC Hillel has contributed to both my personal and professional growth in more ways than I can count. As a first year student, stepping into the Hillel doors was daunting, yet the smiling faces that greeted me were immediately calming. From there, I signed up for a Birthright Israel trip and enjoyed Shabbat at Free Friday Night Dinner, both of which became the places I met some of the closest friends I have today. QC Hillel is where I met the women that would become my sorority sisters, and where I learned about the JFEW (Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women) Scholars program. JFEW places a select number of students in a summer internship and gives them career guidance. With their support, I was able to choose my major, develop career goals, and created a plan to finish college successfully. QC Hillel has proven time and time again to truly be the best resource for a student looking to make the most of their four years at Queens.
When I walked into the QC Hillel space I knew no one, I had never even been on campus before, and I was nervous and shy. The first thing I saw was people laughing, playing ping-pong, learning Gemara, playing instruments, gaming, and so more! I had no idea what to do, so I walked to the nearest group of people and became enthralled in an hours long conversation about what it meant to be Jewish on campus. This was an amazing experience for me. We did not know each other and they didn't hesitate to welcome me into the QC Hillel community with open arms. Ââ€” Shaanan Miller
FINANCIALS: WHAT WE DO + HOW WE DO IT
Program Income <1% Operational Income <1%
37% UJA: Federation of New York
Shabbat and Holiday Experiences Hundreds of students make QC Hillel home for Shabbat and Holidays. Free Friday Night Dinner weekends begin with multi-denominational services, followed by a free, hot catered meal, singing, and evening programming. Other weekends, student leaders coordinate potluck meals and programming with QC Hillel staff support. Holidays are equally as vibrant. On Sukkot, we built three huge Sukkot on campus and host amazing events like “Bukharian Samsa in the Sukkah.” For Purim, we co-hosted a Masquerade Costume Ball with Persian Club, Hillel Club and the Israel Students Association. And the highlight of the year for many is “Israelfest," the annual Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration on the QC Quad.
Jewish Learning and Exploration We are deeply committed to providing Jewish learning and exploration opportunities for every Jewish student. Stop by QC Hillel on a Wednesday afternoon and in one room you can enjoy OU-JLIC Educator Rav Benny Berlin, giving a shiur (class) on the weekly Torah portion. Walk just a few feet away and you can join Senior Jewish Educator, Rav Sara Zacharia, for the Jewish Learning Fellowship: Life’s Big Questions. Our beautiful Beit Midrash is open for everyone to learn and is often bustling with activity.
Leadership and Engagement The more students engage with meaningful Jewish experiences, meet Jewish mentors, and have conversations about their Jewish passions and challenges, the more likely they are to continue to engage Jewishly throughout their lives. Hillel Engagement Interns work with the professional staff to meet new Jewish students and help integrate them into Jewish life on campus by getting to know who they are, introducing them to new friends, and creating exciting opportunities with them like kosher college cookbooks, panels about Jewish denominations, and small group conversations about women in Judaism. We also support the Jewish clubs and organizations on campus through mentorship and professional development opportunities. The Council of Jewish Leaders, for example, brings together the leadership of all the Jewish groups to talk through collaboration, leadership and community building. Last year, the Council of Jewish Leaders was made up of: the Bukharian Cultural Club, Egalitarian Initiative, Hillel Club, Israel Students Association, AEPI, Sigma AEPI and Persian Club.
Israel Opportunities We want students to engage deeply and meaningfully with Israel. So we offer a diverse menu of Israel engagement opportunities. For students looking to travel to Israel for the first time with their peers, we host two Birthright Israel buses each year. The Israel Student Association, QC’s student-led Israel organization, hosts events throughout the year like “Aroma Cafe” and a “Meet and Greet with Miss Israel.” David Project Interns build coalitions with student groups across campus and encourage QC students to meet one another and broaden the Israel conversation on campus. Our Migdalim Fellowship, encourages students to think deeply about their own relationship with Israel, learn with organizations like the Shalom Hartman Institute and practice their conversation skills with Resetting the Table.
The Queens College Jewish Legacy Society recognizes those who have made Queens College Hillel part of their Jewish Legacy by including us in their wills or estate plans. Legacy Giving is a great way to invest in the future of Jewish community on campus. Anonymous Muriel Goldberg Joan Loren Linda Schwager Gabriel Zavurov Rabbi Moshe Bilitzky Ellen I. Kaplan Risa Match Steve Schwager Rebecca Zimlover Sandra Cahn Mitchell Kaplan Sophia McGee Jacqueline Segelnick Jenna Citron Ben Kronish Debbie Nehmad Ariel Gorksy Uriel E. Cohen Paul Kronish Jonathan Rahmani Jacquelyn Shapiro Ilene Eder Naomi Kronish Adele and Al Robbins zâ€?l Hillel Wallick Yan Gilkarov Allan Loren Pauline Schwager Erika Witover
DONOR ROLL PRESIDENTâ€™S CIRCLE $20,000 and above
Hillel International Marc Taub UJA-Federation of NY Hillel Wallick Erika and Ken Witover UNIVERSITY CIRCLE $10,000 and above
Ayala and Gary Barnett Ike, Molly & Steven Elias Foundation Muriel Goldberg Ellen Koppelman Joan and Allan Loren QUEENâ€™S CLUB $5,000 and above
Sandy and Stewart Cahn Ruth and Elliott Joseph Joshua Landes Jeffrey Schoenfeld Linda and Steve Schwager MACCABI CLUB $1,000 and above
Esther Ann Asch Lanie and Tom Blumberg Michael Lustig and Rachel Brody Rosalind Devon Alisa Doctoroff Ilene Eder JoAnn and Mark Engel Temma and Alfred Kingsley Bobi Klotz Naomi and Paul Kronish The Kupferberg Foundation Beth Moses Anne Kupferberg Pepper Barbara Salmanson Sephardic Heritage Alliance Inc Judy and Michael Steinhardt Daniel Tavakoli Ariel Tavor Joan and Sol Wachtler Jacqueline Willens Diane and Howard Wohl $360 and above
Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Brandt Sally and Lenard Berkowitz Stacey and Uri Cohen Sally and Joe Cooper Bob and Bonnie Cooperman Carol Corbin Jonathan Farrell Martine Fleishman Linda Forman Professor Arnold Franklin Karen Friedman Zohar Bachiry Geiger Marilyn Gottlieb Mrs. and Mr. Nathan Halegua Rochelle and David Hirsch Francine Holtzman Ms. Joan Jakubovitz Evelyn Kenvin Kirkland & Ellis LLP Mr. and Mrs. Haskell Klaristenfeld Sam Kohn Lynn Kroll Dorothy Kryger Laurie Dorf The Levy Family Foundation
Edie Nadler Tina and Steven Price Mr. and Mrs. Moshe Rosner Amy Rubenstein Andrew Scharf Scott and Susan Shay Daniel E. Shulman Shirley Silver Gerry and Phyllis Solomon Deborah Spanierman Gary Stadtmauer Naomi Wolinsky $180 and above
Josh Abrams Lita and Mitchel Aeder Carole Anderman Alex Babakhanov Andrea Barchas Mr. and Mrs. Itzhak Bashiry Ruby Benkendorf Aaron and Lee Berger Rabbi Moshe and Tammy Bilitzky Susanne Brody Nadine and Edward Cohen Mrs. Barbara Chozahinoff Lois Conway Marla and Jorge Cornejo Mr. and Mrs. Paul Corwin Sally Dwek Stephen Dubin Rachel Epstein Ellen Forrest Randie and Gary Gertz Yan Gilkarov Linda and Saul Greenberg Louise Greenwald Jamie Harris Malkie Horovitz Sisterhood of Hillcrest Jewish Center Hillcrest Jewish Center Sandra Kammerman Hyman Marcie and Fredric Imberman Arthur Katz Mr. Samuel Katz David Kay Gloria Kaylie Ms. Janet Klein William Klein Candice and Carl Koerner Gabriel and Silvia Kogan Nicki Kornbluth Mark Kupferberg Susan J. Lorin and Martin Kupferberg Ms. Millicent Lazarus Naomi Lazarus Ana and Richard Lerner Jerry and Carol Levin Gabriele Levy Debra and Bruce Levinson Edith and Sal Lipiner Rebecca Marks Annie and Robert Mendelson Jim and Roberta Meyer Frederick and Irene Molod Norbert Moskovits Carole and Harold Moskowitz Marilyn Newman Susan and Stanley Oppenheim Jaci and Steven Osdoby Barbara Perman Evelyn and Michael Pollack Mindy Richenstein
Faanya Rose Mr. Stuart and Dr. Judith Rosen Jeffrey Rosenberg Joan Roth Mr. Peter Rothholz Marian Saltzman Helen Samuels Corey Schwartz Harriet Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sharnoff Rachel and Joel Siegel Dr. Lawrence Silver Klara Silverstein Mrs. Patricia Silverstein Jill Smith Lorraine Soloway Lily Sommer Laurie and Bernard Spear Jennifer Nosenchuk and Ira Strassberg Frances Szczesny Myron Toback Herb Tobin Leslie Topper Sarene Shanus and Harold Treiber Ray and Nancy Treiger Marilyn and Leonard Weinstock Ann Yerman Jane Zimmy Barbara and Edward Zinbarg Friends of QC Hillel
Lorraine Abramson Sophia Adler Deena Aflalo Amazon Smile Moisey Aranbayev Eneas Arkawy Carol and William Aronoff Dalya Arussy Mindi Wapner and Gary Babad Hilly Bachiry Joanne and Mark Bane Neal Bauer Dr. Esther Bearg Mr. Gary Bergman Lana Berke Ms. Rosalie Berman Rabbi Moses Birnbaum Elaine and Arthur Bloom Mr. Harold Bluestone Leslie Blumenthal Kathy Braun Zelda and Martin Braun Shuly and Keevy Braver Richard Brean Ms. Virginia Bress Helen and Murray Charash Rabbi Gary Charlestein Rabbi Robby and Shoshana Charnoff Cindy and Richard Citron Jenna Citron and Devon Schwab Suzanne and Jeffrey Corbin Mr. Irwin Cohen Justin Cohen Susan Rudd Cohen and Phil Cohen Ms. Sherri Daniels Charlotte and Herbert Davidson Alice Drucker Nadya Drukker Robert and Ariane Eisman Beth Elitzer Mr. David End Rebecca and Ofer Fedida
Debbie Nehmad Elise Hahn Felix Mr. Herman Neuman Ms. Jan Fenster Mrs. Ruth Nodiff Cyrus Fine Sheila and Robert Oberstein Susan and Mark Fogel Professor Arbie Orenstein Carole Friedman Karen Padawer Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Friedman Andrew Pasternak Mrs. June Furie Joan Pearlmutter Albert Fuzailo Patricia Pearlstein Sally Froelich Dr. Beverly Philip Kenneth Gainer Ariel Pinhasov Daniel Galibov Marko Pinhasov Babak Gandjian Nancy and Martin Polevoy Mrs. Debbie Ganeles Ellen and Hy Portnoy Diane Garfinkle Mr. Irwin Portnoy Peter Geffen Susan and Dr. Ronald Pross Professor Azriel Genack Pauline and Mark Raphael Sherri and Martin Ghodsi Seymour Reisman Ayala and Gideon Glass Mrs. Barbara Resnick Shira and Alan Glass Diane and Howard Roher Emily Goldberg Hadas Rosenberg Greyson Goldberg Rabbi David Rosenberg Madison Goldberg Yael Rosenstock Mrs. Marilyn Goldberg Ellen and Allen Rosenzweig Carol Goldstein Mr. Steve Ross Ariel Gorsky Jonathan Rozenberg Joan and Danny Greenblatt Catherine and Richard Rothbard Mr. Murray H. Greenspan Rabbi Miles Cohen and Leslie Rubin Meyer and Karen Charal Gross Mrs. Edith Samers Nira Gross Ms. Diane Cohen and Mr. Jack Grossman Rebecca Sassouni Iris and Harvey Schachter Ellen Grossman Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Scherzer Lynn Grossman Jean and Phil Schwab Dr. Stanley Halpern Ms. Pauline Schwager Beverly and Stephen Hazelkorn Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Schwartz Vera Ripp Hirschhorn Nehama Schwartz Anita Hock Dr. Rhea Schwartz Institute for Jewish & Community Ms. Karen Weingarten Schwartz Research Theodore Schwartzman Mr. David Jacobson Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Shapiro Harriet Janover Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Shapiro Jimena Inc. Jackie Shapiro Mr. Robert Kaplan Mrs. Claire Shefftz Dahlia Fuerst and Dr. Stuart Kaplan Rabbi Moshe Shur Joy Kaufman Diana Silberman Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Kaufmann Harriet and Andy Singer Dr. Martin Kessler Bernard and Shari Stahl Manashe Khaimov Rabbi Louis Stein Gabby Kirschner Jane Stiefel Barbara and Jerry Klibanoff Harriet Suvall William and Renee Kogan Alberta Tabak Mr. Manfred Korman Marc Talkofsky Ms. Judy Kress Lillian Tandatnick Benjamin Kusin Shelby Tauber Robert Lesser Jay and Laurie Tepp Steven Levine Dr. Rita Tesler Mr. Robert Lichtman Shelley Topp Penny Lieberman Sara Urban Gerri Lifshitz Ms. Regina Vogelman Eva Lilienfeld Karen and David Wagner Jane Lowett David Wahrman Jay Luger Susan and Ephraim Weingarten Gabriella Major Lila Weinstein Yasmin Pinhasov-Malaev Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Weiss Marcy and Jeffrey Manas Rebecca Zimilover and Ilan Weitzman Dr. Jerome Margolin Mrs. Sylvia Wishner Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Marks Laurie Dien and Alan Yaillen Wendy Maurer Matanya Yehounatan Mrs. Ruth Meyers Madeline and David Yousefzadeh Norman Misher Betty Yusupov Joseph Morgenstern Rabbi Sara Zacharia Chanie and Michael Morris Maxine Zuckerman Steve Moses Eliana Moskowitz
STAFF TEAM Jenna Citron
Sara and Rabbi Benny Berlin
Interim Executive Director
Director of Operations
Director of Community Engagement and Development
Spencer Perdeck Springboard Fellow
Rabbi Sara Zacharia Senior Jewish Educator
Galit Mimran Community Shlicha
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Hillel (Howard) Wallick
Vice President for Strategy*
Ellen Koppelman* Professor Arnold Franklin
Dani Shulman Erika Witover Vice President*
*Executive Committee Member
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All fundraising and operations costs are underwritten by UJA-Federation of NY. 100% of individual contributions support student programming...
Published on Dec 17, 2018
All fundraising and operations costs are underwritten by UJA-Federation of NY. 100% of individual contributions support student programming...